Shoes and Clothes for Kids is the only non-profit organization in Greater Cleveland providing new shoes and clothes at no charge throughout the year to thousands of children in need.
In 2014, SC4K will distribute new clothing and Payless shoe gift cards with a retail value of $2.4 million.
From 1999 through 2013, SC4K distributed over 200,500 Payless shoe gift cards valued at over $2 million.
SC4K distributes items year-round, operating a distribution through an extensive partner distribution network of 35 social service agencies every other month annually.
The average clothing distribution is valued at $350,000 and the average Payless gift card distribution is valued at approximately $26,000.
The partner agencies are located in areas with high densities of children living at or below at least 185% of poverty. Living at 185% of poverty equates to a family of four living on $41,348 annually.
SC4K procures a majority of its clothing items through a deep-discount purchasing program. Through a network of wholesalers that sell children’s clothing at deep discounts, SC4K is able to purchase between $15.00-$20.00 worth of brand new clothing for every $1.00 spent.
Founded in 1969, this year marks SC4K’s forty-fifth year of service to families in the Greater Cleveland community.